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Illuminating Cinema


When the credits end that’s when the conversation begins!

Illuminating Cinema connects you with film fans of all ages for fun, refreshments and engaging conversation. Each presentation begins in our beautiful Garden Suite with a pre-show introduction from a guest speaker who offers insight and observation to help sharpen your focus on the respective film. After the lights go up in the historic 1903 auditorium, we’ll gather in the Garden Suite for a convivial post-film conversation with the speaker and each other.

In addition to admission to the film screening and the pre- and post-film discussions, your Illuminating Cinema ticket includes a free small popcorn, a free small soda, and a complimentary theatre cup. Plus $5 beer or wine (at the Illuminating Cinema event only).

A limited number of tickets are available for each Illuminating Cinema presentation so we encourage advance purchases. Discounts are available when you purchase tickets for all current Illuminating Cinema selections during the same transaction.

Focus your appreciation for film with Illuminating Cinema!

Illuminating Cinema: The Man Who Laughs

Sun., October 6, 2019

Directed by Paul Leni. US. 1928. NR. 2 hour 4 minutes. Universal. Digital Restoration.

Brand New 4K restoration with a newly recorded orchestral score by the Berklee School of Music! Based on the novel by Victor Hugo, this silent film classic tells the story of Gwynplaine (Conrad Veidt). Orphaned and disfigured by a villainous king, Gwynplaine wanders the countryside alone until one day his rescues an abandoned blind girl (Mary Philbin). As the years go by, the two lost souls fall in love – but . . .

Illuminating Cinema: The Exorcist

Thu., October 31, 2019

Directed by William Friedkin. US. 1973/2000. R. 2 hour 13 minutes. Warner Bros. Digital Restoration.

Special Halloween Night Illuminating Cinema Event!
Heads spin when twelve-year-old Regan MacNeil (Linda Blair) enters a room – or at least hers does, after she’s possessed by an evil entity in William Friedkin’s horrifying adaptation of William Peter Blattyʼs best-selling novel. A very controversial film in its time, The Exorcist has lost none of its ability to shock and scare despite innumerable imitations and sequels . . .

Illuminating Cinema: The Apartment

Sun., December 29, 2019

Directed by Billy Wilder. US. 1960. NR. 2 hour 5 minutes. Park Circus. Digital Restoration.

What’s so special about cubicle dweller Bud Baxter’s (Jack Lemmon) average apartment? The rent’s cheap, it’s close to work and his bosses want to use it for their extramarital affairs. When Baxter’s top boss Mr. Sheldrake (Fred MacMurray) dangles the carrot of a big promotion in exchange for unlimited apartment use,  Baxter is disappointed to learn that Sheldrake’s mistress is Fran Kubelik (Shirley MacLaine . . .